Chapter 13 - Trial, Execution & Burial
Having been briefly interned in the Ruhleben concentration camp, Fryatt was taken back to Bruges to face a court martial on 27th July 1916. The sentence of death by firing squad was executed on the evening on the same day, thereby preventing any orders from Berlin to the contrary or any intervention by the Ambassador for the United States of America delaying or altering the death sentence passed. Fryatt's body was subsequently buried in a simple grave in the cemetery at Steenbrugge, to the south-west of Bruges. The exhibition will discuss the court martial and how it came about and how it was subsequently reported.
Fryatt's grave in the cemetery at Steenbrugge (note the mis-spelling of his name) - image from a commercial postcard courtesy of the collection of Mark P. Baker.